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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

  • Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio
  • 2 x 5.25" Drive Bays / 3 x 3.5" Drive Bays / 2 x 2.5" Drive Bays
  • 1 x Front Fan / 1 x Rear Fan

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/18/2016 7:08:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: I love the looks of this case and it feels durable. I had everything fit inside without any problems. Had room for decent cable management.

Cons: No Cons so far.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this case. This was for my first build ever and I really like it.

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  • Adam W.
  • 4/16/2016 4:32:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this case! If you're thinking mid-tower you gotta pick this one.

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Very good quality frame and parts. My new build went without a hitch thanks to all the features included with this case.
Plenty of room for a mid-tower, plenty of room for cooling and very affordable.

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: After looking through a few choices and wanting a red/black theme, I went with this and there isn't a thing I would change. Highly recommend getting this case over others!

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  • JOHN F.
  • 3/30/2016 7:08:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis IS the case I have been looking for!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Outstanding cable management. Lots of room to move. Case is primarily held together with screws, so disassemble for custom modification is easy. No weak and loose aluminum pop rivets like so many other cases. Easy to install the 120mm fans in all areas. Dust filters at top AND bottom of case. Twin USB 3.0 ports right next to speaker and mike jacks makes use of any user head related peripherals easy. Snap in front panel easy to remove. Virtually tool-less design makes stuffing the guts in there very simple and fast. Very durable black powder coat on steel components-not paint!

Cons: As with most cases these days, the window is a shoddy bit of brittle plastic. It is held in by bend tabs, which make it easy to remove and replace, but the tabs have limited life. I wish it had screws holding it in. Front panel is plastic. I would pay 100 USD for this case if it had a matching steel front panel.

The biggest issue with this case is the side panel thumb screws. They are on the small side and have a very small diameter thread stock. The are hard to put in and remove. I actually threw them away, replaced them with thumbscrews from a low quality case I had and expanded the hole diameters accordingly. Note that this is not worth docking an egg in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: I read quite a few reviews here on Newegg and elsewhere on this case before purchasing it. Many people complained about poor cable management. This only exposes them as being inexperienced. As a retired Naval weapons technician and defense contractor, I wish Uncle Sam would move to Corsair's cable management stand. It is the best I have ever seen.

I also saw people complaining about not having room to cram all their gear in the case. This is a mystery to me. All I can figure is people are attempting to fit full tower hardware in a mid tower case. I had zero issues. In fact this case provided me with the easiest hardware install in 20 years.

To give you an idea the hardware I am using is as follows:
MSI Z97PC Mate
Zotac GTX 970
16G GSkill DDR3
1 samsung evo 870 (there is room for two)
2 WD 2TB HDD
1 WD 1TB HDD
2 WD 300GB HDD (required a custom built addition- case holds three 5inch drives)
I did not install DVD disc drives as I never use them and my motherboard only has 6 SATA ports.
Corsair CX750M PSU
Intel i5 4690K Devil's Canyon
Corsair H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid Cooler
4ea 120mm fans with room for two more (one top/one bottom)

As a personal preference, I wish the option to buy cases unpainted, or only primed was possible. I modded my case with a military theme inspired by the Colonial Marines hardware as seen in the movie Aliens. The results are magnificent.

In conclusion, do not let the reviews written by whiners turn you away.

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  • George V.
  • 3/28/2016 7:52:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAs advertised, but sucks in MAD DUST!

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Small, but designed well, so everything fits.

Cons: - Optical drive must be removed to take off front face plate.
- The grill on the front of the machine has holes that are much too large to stop dust. I had to purchase some aftermarket dust filters because the thing was sucking crazy amounts of dust into my case, all over my components.

Other Thoughts: - Based on the poor filter design, I would not recommend this case. Particularly when there are other options at the same price point with appropriate filtration.

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  • MICHAEL M.
  • 3/28/2016 9:13:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent spacing with great anchor points

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: The case does not have excessively 'flimsy' anchoring points. This allows you to slide the motherboard into the case without issue. I could easily mount multiple cooling fans, power supply, and drives with no issues.

Cons: One fan had to be adjusted to make sure the cable end was seated in a fashion to extend to the motherboard connector properly. However, attaching the fan was simple once the fan was adjusted.

The only other issue I have encountered was the side plate. Once you slide the plate back on, you need to attach it with two thumb screws. During the initial shipment from Newegg, the side plate had slightly angled clips which were adjusted. Once adjusted I had no issue.

Other Thoughts: This product has excellent spacing and will easily allow an Asus 970 Aura motherboard to fit without any issue.

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  • richard g.
  • 3/12/2016 7:51:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh quality, great looking little Mid-Tower ATX case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Everything about this case is what I wanted. The RED led light, the price was nice, the painted black interiors, the tool less design, the top loading SSD drive bays, the fact it fit my HUGE MSI GeForce GTX 970 with no issues. The side window. I can go on. Oh yeah, it's QUIET. Can't go wrong with this Corsair case. I'm air cooling, btw.

Cons: none.

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  • adam b.
  • 3/9/2016 11:55:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case for the money

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Case looks good overall. Cable management is ok. Phanteks PH-TC14PE just fits

Cons: The included fans are not the best but they work fine

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this to any one

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  • Ali A.
  • 2/6/2016 11:00:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: well built, looks nice and cheap.

Cons: if you really worry about the cable management this is not the case you want
not enough room to install a liquid cooler.

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  • William m.
  • 2/4/2016 6:25:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat looking but cramped

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Looks great
Space well organized

Cons: Almost trashed a Gigabyte z-170 Gaming 7 mobo with a scratch on the board taking it in an out when installing. The space is so cramped that you have to drop the board in perfectly... Had trouble lining up the case screws w/ the holes on the mobo and in moving the board it drifted to where the support screws wandered beyond the metal surrounding the holes... Luckily for me it was just a surface scratch... I repaired the scratch with nail polish, but I am not looking forward to having to remove and reinstall the board if I need to in the future... It's just too risky...

Other Thoughts: Love the look and the open circulation of the case... But if I had to do it over I would have gotten a case with more room, especially at the top where the fan connections are above the CPU... It's really tough accessing the wires at the top of the board, and taking the board in and out is risky... They should have allowed for and inch more or so of extra room at the area where the top of the board is...

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2016 7:33:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Starter Case

This review is from: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-03 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case

Pros: Solid Frame
Both sides are removable
Looks Great
Very Light
Lots of room

Cons: Plastic/Glass is worthless for looking inside your Pc unless you have L.E.D.S inside

Other Thoughts: I really do love this case and It was very easy to use for my first build.

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